give the axe

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Verb1.give the axe - terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position; "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers"
retire - make (someone) retire; "The director was retired after the scandal"
pension off - let go from employment with an attractive pension; "The director was pensioned off when he got senile"
clean out - force out; "The new boss cleaned out the lazy workers"
furlough, lay off - dismiss, usually for economic reasons; "She was laid off together with hundreds of other workers when the company downsized"
squeeze out - force out; "Some employees were squeezed out by the recent budget cuts"
remove - remove from a position or an office
send away, send packing, dismiss, drop - stop associating with; "They dropped her after she had a child out of wedlock"
2.give the axe - terminate a relationship abruptly; "Mary gave John the axe after she saw him with another woman"
break up, part, split, split up, separate, break - discontinue an association or relation; go different ways; "The business partners broke over a tax question"; "The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"; "My friend and I split up"
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The currency swap is structured to give the Axes II sufficient Japanese Yen on the senior note maturity date to pay the principal amount of the senior notes and to give the Axes II sufficient Japanese Yen to make payments of interest on the senior notes on each payment date, provided that on each date Axes II makes the required payment to the currency swap counterparty.